With autumn in full swing, you might be tempted to let life do your living for you and skip yet another chance to get into a better rhythm—especially with your physical fitness.

In fact, you can use your kids’ schedules as motivation and structure. And with gyms routinely offering no-fee signups and low monthly rates, the time has never been better.

Morning glory. No matter if you’re a morning person or a night owl, there probably isn’t a better time to get a workout in than before everyone else wakes up. Those who’d rather eat bricks than hit them so early should consider one thing: Once you get the workout done, you’ve got the whole day ahead of you. You don’t even have to join a club or lift weights. Just walking briskly for 20 minutes five times a week in the now-cooler weather, getting your pulse up consistently to twice your resting heart rate will show fantastic cardiovascular results.

Eating well. And with the better routine should come a better eating plan. Of course there are more diets out there than people to use them, but a rule of thumb is to greatly reduce processed foods and concentrate on vegetables, whole grains and unprocessed proteins. Filling yourself up with back-to-nature foods will help you burn fat and re-configure your metabolism.

Now is the time. Let fall boost you into a new season of fitness!